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Boxing Day Test locked in but doubt over Australian Open

Melbourne is ready to host the Boxing Day Test against India but the Australian Open has emerged as more problematic, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to play havoc with major sporting events.

Victorian sports fans were given a mixed bag of responses on Wednesday, which included a decision to ban horse owners on course during Melbourne Cup week, despite detailed submissions from the Victoria Racing Club outlining how it could safely host up to 1000 owners and connections on course for each of the four days.

MCG on Boxing Day 2019.

MCG on Boxing Day 2019.Credit:AAP

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings confirmed the showpiece summer Test was set to go ahead with crowds of up to 25,000 per day, coming as The Age revealed CA had secured a three-year venue agreement with the Melbourne Cricket Club until 2022. Adelaide remains on standby to host the iconic Test should there be a shock lockdown.

“Melbourne is Australia’s unchallenged sporting and events capital and the Boxing Day Test is one of the cornerstones of our renowned annual calendar,” Victoria’s Minister for Sport, Racing and Major Events Martin Pakula said.

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